Few notice first Eugene traffic signal for bikes

Few notice first Eugene traffic signal for bikes

Few notice first Eugene traffic signal for bikes

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by Associated Press

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Posted on December 2, 2011 at 10:23 AM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Eugene traffic engineers activated the first traffic signal just for bicyclists on Thursday at an intersection near the University of Oregon campus.

The Register-Guard reports many riders didn't seem to notice the signal or, if they did, they ignored it.

The signal looks similar to a regular traffic box except the red, yellow and green circles are replaced with LCD lights designed to look like bikes. A sign reads, "Bike Signal."

City civil engineer Steve Gallup says bicyclists are expected to observe the bike light and not move through the intersection on the regular green light. He says it should increase safety by separating car and bike traffic.

Gallup says similar signals are operating in Portland and Clackamas County as well as in other countries.

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